These fruits started ripening early this year, probably due to the sunny, hot summer. We moved this Fig, Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’ (in its root restricting container) from one side of our Studio to the other around 12 years ago. In its new position it gains more light, and the end wall retains heat to help the figs ripen. If we could only keep the Blackbirds away!
Tucked away among our thousands of trees is a Hermitage where Simon the Hermits lives. When approached he’s a friendly chap and will cheerfully show you round his Hermitage and adjacent Shell Grotto. Having lived in the valley at Bocombe, as he says “since before time began”, he’s very knowledgeable about the Mystery of St Bocombe, and the rest of the world!
Visit the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage to explore what many an Estate owner in the 18th century paid handsomely for – a live Hermit! Check Simon out here,